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Old 18 July 2018, 01:43
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Laptop Bags

I can't get a laptop bag to last more than a few months.

I travel to the AK bush a lot for work. Modes of travel may include light aircraft, boats, ATV's, and even a hovercraft. It would be tossed around a lot, and out in the (light) rain for short periods.

I have a 3 day pack which is at max capacity with overnight essentials.

I need to keep more than just a laptop in my laptop bag. Since it is frequently the only bag that is on my person and not buried in the plane's belly pod, or under a bunch of crap in a boat, I need to have daily travel essentials in it (like a rain coat, gloves, hat, munchies, etc.).

A backpack doesn't work, since I frequently have to ruck several hundred yards (sometimes a lot farther) from the shore/airport to my work location, and I'm already carrying my 3 day ruck.

I've tried several normal laptop bags, but I can't find any rugged ones that aren't backbacks, or big enough without ghey wheels and pull bar.

Any suggestions?
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Old 18 July 2018, 02:55
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I've been using a Maxpedition Mongo Versipack for the last 7 years. Have used it in shitholes and corporate offices. Whilst wearing a day pack, or without. Couldn't tell you how many times I've taken it on flights in that time. At least 60 or so.

Rain isn't an issue for it, and it stores a crapload of kit.

Barely looks used, and wife keeps trying to steal it.
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Old 18 July 2018, 03:06
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How compact is the rain coat once you fold/roll it up? I have one of these for range trips, and it can carry a lot in its two main compartments.
https://lapolicegear.com/jumbo-bailout-bag.html

I'd imagine the laptop can go in one side, the raincoat in another, and all your other day-to-day stuff in the various pouches. The side ones fit a nalgene bottle quite nicely as well. My only complaint is the strap, but that's not a gripe of mine exclusive to this bag. I have an Oakley gym bag strap I swap out with whatever I'm carrying if it's not a backpack.
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Old 18 July 2018, 08:45
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Size of your LapTop? Vanquest bags are high quality and durable. I used one for an EDC/CarryOn for about 3 years. Never a rip or broken zipper. Vanquest.com
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Old 18 July 2018, 11:07
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Three great responses, thanks.

The Laptop is a standard 15"

Based on the above, I'm leaning toward the Vanquest Envoy 3.0.

The first thing I break is usually the clips for the shoulder strap (which get tywrapped together until something else breaks). The Envoy looks in the picture like it doesn't have the chincy clips.
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Old 18 July 2018, 13:38
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Pricey and tough to find but ever consider the Arcteryx Courrier 15?

https://leaf.arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/courier-bag-15
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Old 18 July 2018, 15:17
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Duluth Trading Company

May want to look at these

https://www.duluthtrading.com/store/...cessor=content


https://www.duluthtrading.com/store/...cessor=content
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Old 18 July 2018, 15:41
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That second one looks interesting... they have a store up here, I'll look at it in person.
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Old 18 July 2018, 15:43
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And perhaps look at RedOxx.

My air boss looks brand spanking new, years down the road.
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Old 18 July 2018, 17:30
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Pricey and tough to find but ever consider the Arcteryx Courrier 15?

https://leaf.arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/courier-bag-15
I am running one of these right now. I actually prefer the big open bag design without built-in organization. It has a sleeve for the laptop, that'll hold a huge computer if needed, and then an open bag. I prefer to organize my junk in individual pouches. The bag is about the right size for daily use and has a zipper that closes the bag. I haven't truly tested the waterproofness, but it's handled the random showers where I'm walking a distance in a drizzle or making the run in some real southern rain across a parking lot. I carry a shell 24/7 in mine with some gloves, medium Magpul daka pouches or Eagle Creek pouches with stuff in them depending on the task for the day. The size is large enough to fit what I need but small enough to keep me from overstuffing the bag with junk that needs to go into a backpack.

For straight-up durability, the RedOxx offerings, like the CPA Briefcase are hard to beat. Mine is an absolute tank, but it's heavy and doesn't fare well if it's very wet, and you'll be outdoors.

My favorite combo for travel like you're describing is a small or medium The North Face duffle and a small messenger bag or super lightweight backpack type option (REI Flash packable backpack is my current favorite). The duffle can be worn like a backpack, and I can load the computer bag into it for walking. For travel or quick stuff, I can separate the two or leave one behind. The TNF duffles are bombproof and very water resistant.
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Old 19 July 2018, 01:09
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Everything these guys make are solid. American made and lifetime warranty. I’ve never owned the laptop bag though. I can’t imagine there’s a more durable pack for a laptop.

https://www.duluthpack.com/

FYI, this is not the same as Duluth Trading Company.
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Old 19 July 2018, 10:14
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I use the VertX EDC Courier on the daily, including international travel to the middle east, asia and backcountry in the US. It has taken everything I have thrown at it and I love it. I can get you a 20% off coupon for it too most likely.

https://vertx.com/edc-courier-bag
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Old 19 July 2018, 10:21
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Tumi has never let me down..

https://intl.tumi.com/c/backpacks/la...p%20to%2015%22
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Old 19 July 2018, 12:46
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I've found my Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag to be an affordable alternative to Tumi. And, so far, bullet proof.

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Old 19 July 2018, 19:03
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Pricey and tough to find but ever consider the Arcteryx Courrier 15?

https://leaf.arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/courier-bag-15
This would be perfect for my Mini-Uzi.....

But yeah, when I travel, my laptop goes vertical right up against the padded back panel in my Becker pack. Folded up poncho liner goes in the bottom first, with the downward edge of the unit padded by it. I feel that with all the other stuff in there packed behind it, it's pretty well protected. Been doing it like that for 11 yrs now. I always hand carry, never checked.

While the Becker is technically a 3 day, the extended straps and top mean you can stack stuff on top of the closed compartment and cinch it down if you have to, jacket etc..
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Old 19 July 2018, 20:04
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Goruck has a bombproof backpack with laptop protection.

My www.defybags.com messenger is absolutely top notch, hand made, and well thought out, I love it.

This is badass too: https://store.itstactical.com/its-di...enger-bag.html
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Old 19 July 2018, 21:53
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I've got a hell of a lot of looking to do, thanks all.

One thing I need to be careful of is making sure the bag doesn't look too Gucci. I'll expense it, but if it looks like I spent their money on looks, I might catch some flack.

Spending the company's money has some quirks... No one will bat an eyelash if I charter a Cessna Caravan for $4K to go to a site, but if I buy a bag that looks too flashy I'll get asked about it.
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Old 22 July 2018, 14:23
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Duluth has a sale going-

20% off orders over $75 and free shipping

I think at least one of the bags I sent the link to are on either clearance or sale above the 20%.
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Old 22 July 2018, 14:32
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OP said no backpacks, but for those who are looking for one, look at Ogio. I've had two in a row, and that covers about 10 years of hard use.

Zipper failure on the first was the only reason I bought the second and they've fixed that weakness. The one I have at the moment is on year 3 and has been around the world at least 10 times.
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Old 22 July 2018, 21:04
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Tumi or Peak Design 20 liter. The Tumi bag expands and the Peak Design bag has built in straps that you can attach to your 3 day pack.
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